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Child support and uninsured medical costs


On top of the agreed upon or mandated child support payments, parents are also required to pay any uninsured medical costs. These include co-payments, prescription bills, deductibles and any other costs that are either not covered under a parent's health plan or are not reimbursed by the insurance company that holds the plan.

If you are not the parent responsible for paying child support, but have incurred out of pocket health expenses that are either not covered by insurance or have not been reimbursed, you can attempt to collect this money. You would try to collect this money from the other parent of your children.

When you attempt to collect on these payments, you might run into some problems that could include the timing, the notice and the reasonableness of the expense. The parent seeking reimbursement for the medical expense must reach out to the other parent for payment within a certain time period of making the initial payment. The Court may wind up determining the reasonableness of the medical expense when the other parent does not agree with it.

If your child has received extensive medical care and you have incurred uninsured medical expenses, you will want to follow these tips when preparing to ask for reimbursement from the other parent:

- Keep all of the bills, receipts, and other proof of payment in one place

- Make multiple copies of each bill and receipt

- Provide notice that you are seeking payment from the other parent

- Attempt to reach out to the other parent informally

- Be sure to follow all of the procedures described in the child support agreement

If the other parent of your children fails to pay uninsured or unreimbursed medical expenses, payments can pontentially be acquired using wage garnishment, contempt of court charges, and interception of tax refunds.

An experienced family law attorney in Gaithersburg, Maryland, can answer all of your questions surrounding child support and uninsured medical expenses.

Source: FindLaw, "Uninsured Medical Expenses and Child Support," accessed June 29, 2017

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